Wednesday, November 03, 2010

8AM Still too close to call

90% of the ballots counted, and the count stands as:

Tom Foley. 508,658 50%
Dan Malloy 497,575 49%

So, Foley currently leads by 11,083 votes.

Bpt. Mayor Bill Finch is livid over the ballot debacle, saying he doesn't want Bridgeport to be known as "...the hanging chad of Connecticut."

I'm guessing that since Bridgeport has 69,000 registered voters, and they only had about 21,000 ballots (it still astounds me), and with the turnout expected anywhere from 40-60%, there may have been anywhere from 28,000 to 41,000 votes cast. With Bridgeport expected to go at least 80% Democratic, this might result in a net gain of anywhere from around 4,000 to 24,000 votes for Dan Malloy.

But those numbers assume that NO voting results were reported from Bridgeport yet. If any of the precincts that didn't run out of ballots reported the numbers, the gain for Malloy will obviously be less when the results are released.

It's gonna be a tense waiting game for both candidates. I'm sorry, but this is the kind of screw up that cost us the White House in 2000 (which had a silver lining; it kept Joe Lieberman out of the VP seat), and there is simply NO excuse for not ordering a ballot for every single voter in every single district.

One thing is likely....every election from here on, there's gonna be TONS of unused ballots discarded the day after voting is over!

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